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by William Shakespeare

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What is Brutus's major internal conflict in Julius Caesar? What is an internal conflict?  

Brutus's major internal conflict concerns his decision between whether or not to join the conspirators and assassinate Julius Caesar. An internal conflict is a personal struggle within a character in which they debate with themselves and weigh difficult decisions.

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An internal conflict is a personal struggle within a character in which they have difficulty deciding how to act or behave as they debate with themselves. Characters experiencing internal struggles have difficulty weighing decisions while simultaneously appeasing their conscience. In Shakespeare's classic play Julius Caesar, Brutus's primary internal struggle is his decision to join the conspirators and participate in Julius Caesar's assassination. At the beginning of the play, Cassius approaches Brutus and cleverly presents Caesar as a popular, ambitious politician, whose goal is to disband the Senate and rule Rome as a dictator. Cassius recognizes Brutus's need to be noble and convinces him that Caesar is a significant threat to the population of Rome.

Following his interaction with Cassius, Brutus weighs his decision regarding whether or not to join the conspirators to assassinate Caesar. Unlike the other senators, Brutus is genuinely concerned with preserving the Republic and...

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